The growers, who send cut flowers from Antalya to 33 countries of the world, target 1 billion stems of cut flowers and a 165 million USD foreign currency inflow for 2023. Stating that there is a slowdown in the growth rate after the pandemic, Central Anatolian Ornamental Plants and Products Exporters' Association President Ismail Yilmaz said, "Airfreight exports to overseas countries rose in volume. In this case, our exports experienced the highest period of the sector in 2021. Our exports dropped by 4% in 2022 due to the slow global economy. It looks like we will surpass the exports of 2021 again this year. Our growers are sending flowers to the United Kingdom, Germany, and the Turkic Republics. Furthermore, our growers also send flowers to the Netherlands, where the world's largest flower auction is held. This way, our city brings in a lot of export revenue into the country's economy. The red carnation is one of the most preferred flowers in export markets. In addition to red, white and pink carnations are also preferred. Flowers are sent from Antalya by trucks and air cargo. The cut flower sector, which made progress this year compared to the previous year, continues its production and exports in order to reach the target for this year."
Ismail Yilmaz said that Antalya's cut flowers produced in greenhouses are sent to every part of the world. Stating that the sector, which had a slight slowdown in growth rate after the pandemic, recovered in a short time, Yilmaz said, "We will increase the export volume by 15% compared to 2022." Stating that the flowers harvested from the production areas in the Isparta region are entering the market in a short time, Ismail Yilmaz added that the floristry sector will progress rapidly again, adding that the representatives of the sector expect support from the government in terms of receiving state bank loans.
Carnation comes first among the cut flowers exported from Turkey. Carnation, which makes up the majority of the export market, makes up 80 % of the exported flowers from Turkey, while ranunculus and dianthus barbatus make up 10%. The remaining 10% of the exports include gerbera, solidago, and other flower varieties.
Source: Son Dakika